Tony Award-winning Political Masterpiece ALL THE WAY Launches Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Winter Repertory Season “A sure-fire, action packed hit.” — The Huffington Post
|(SARASOTA, December 3, 2015) — Asolo Repertory Theatre proudly kicks off its winter repertory season with the 2014 Tony Award® winner for Best Play, Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan’s political drama ALL THE WAY. Asolo Rep’s production will be directed by Emily Sophia Knapp, who served as the associate director of the Broadway, American Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep and world premiere Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions. Hailed by NPR as a “sensational night of theatre,” previews for ALL THE WAY are January 6 and 7 at 8pm, opening night is January 8 at 8pm, and the production runs in rotating rep through Saturday, April 9.
1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. As Air Force One lands in Washington, D.C. just hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a frightened nation looks desperately to “accidental” President Lyndon Baines Johnson for answers, hope and strength. And so begins Robert Schenkkan’s gripping look at the first chapter of LBJ’s presidency, from his indomitable determination to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act, his wavering views of American’s future in Vietnam, and his drive to erase “accidental” from his legacy and win the 1964 presidential election.
“ALL THE WAY takes place in 1964; in that year, lives, movements and political parties were torn apart in an effort to write the civil rights movement into the books of law,” said Director Emily Sophia Knapp. “Fifty years later, I am continually astounded at how directly these events speak to our current moment. Asolo Rep’s production will occur on the eve of a presidential election and in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement. I cannot think of a better time to dive back into a period when, with extraordinary sacrifice, major political change was possible.”
Commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of its 10-year American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle, ALL THE WAY premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012 and was directed by the theatre’s acclaimed Artistic Director Bill Rauch, who also directed the subsequent Seattle Rep, American Repertory Theatre and Broadway productions. Asolo Rep’s production will be based on the original Bill Rauch production. ALL THE WAY opened on Broadway in March 2014 with Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as LBJ. He received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his electric portrayal. Cranston will reprise his role in the highly anticipated HBO film adaptation of ALL THE WAY, scheduled to air in 2016.
This engrossing political drama is the second production of the fourth season of Asolo Rep’s American Character Project, a captivating examination of this country’s past, present and future through contemporary and classic works, and provocative new musical theatre experiences. This critically acclaimed drama brilliantly captures one of the most dynamic chapters in American history and the man at the center of it all.
* = Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
SELECTED CREATIVE TEAM MEMBERS
SELECTED ARTISTIC BIOS
(In Alphabetical Order)
TYLA ABERCRUMBIE* GUEST ARTIST, FOURTH SEASON (Coretta Scott King/Fannie Lou Hamer, Ensemble, All The Way) is excited to return to Asolo Rep, under the direction of Emily Knapp. She appeared in last season’s The Matchmaker and Good People. Regional credits; Court Theatre, Next Theatre, Northlight, Timeline, The Goodman, Portland Stage Company, Pittsburgh Public, Milwaukee Repertory, ATL, St. Louis Black Repertory, Victory Gardens, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Studio Arena, Onyx Theatre Company, Coronet Theatre. Film & Television Credits: Poker House, Crisis, Low Winter Sun, The Mob Doctor, The Chicago Code, Detroit 187, The Beast, the 2015 spring release of the film Unexpected and Starz new series The Girlfriend Experience.
DAVID BREITBARTH* ASSOCIATE ARTIST, TWENTIETH SEASON (Governor George Wallace, Representative James Corman, Senator Mike Mansfield, Walter Reuther, Witness #1, Ensemble, All the Way) Over 75 productions at Asolo Rep include: Both Your Houses, The Grapes of Wrath, Glengarry Glen Ross, Clybourne Park, God of Carnage, Once in a Lifetime, Twelve Angry Men, The Front Page, The Immigrant, world premieres of Men of Tortuga and Perfect Mendacity, The Winter’s Tale, A Few Good Men, Laughing Stock, A Flea in Her Ear, Rounding Third, Art, Hobson’s Choice, and Nicholas Nickleby. Broadway 1st National Tour: Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway: Short Change, Perfect Crime, Fluorescent Hunger, and This Hard Life. Los Angeles: Life in the Trees (West Coast premiere) and David’s Mother. Film and television: Frasier, Taken!, Law & Order, and Fame. He has appeared regionally around the country and was recently named a member of Florida Repertory Theatre’s Ensemble of Theatre Artists. David is a proud 2013 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow selected by the prestigious Ten Chimneys Foundation and he is married to the actress Kate Hampton, of whom he is also proud.
A.K. MURTADHA* GUEST ARTIST, FIRST SEASON (Martin Luther King, Jr., All the Way) is pleased to be making his Asolo Repertory debut. He has enjoyed various classical and contemporary roles in regional and repertory theatres. His most recent plays include Intimate Apparel and Detroit ‘67. Some of his TV and Film credits include: NCIS-LA, All My Children, Raising the Bar, The Unit, Medium, Numb3rs, and the upcoming feature – Redstone. Awards include Best Actor – New Orleans Short film festival – In the Wind; NAACP Award: Best Ensemble – All My Sons. He was also the Featured Guest Artist for Auburn University’s – The America Play. www.akmurtadha.com
NICK WYMAN* GUEST ARTIST, SECOND SEASON (Lyndon B. Johnson, All the Way) Mr. Wyman joyfully returns to the Asolo Rep, where he delighted audiences as the rascally John Barsad in the pre-Broadway production of A Tale of Two Cities. His fourteen other Broadway credits include Catch Me If You Can, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Sly Fox, and My Fair Lady. Television viewers may have seen him on VEEP, Boardwalk Empire, Elementary, One Life to Live, etc. Among his feature films are Die Hard With a Vengeance; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; and Funny Farm. A proud 40-year member, he is the former President of Actors’ Equity Association. www.nickwyman.com
ALL THE WAY PUBLIC PROGRAMMING
Now in its seventh season, [email protected] is Sarasota’s premier cultural event connecting local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities with fantastic theatre. Enjoy a pre-show reception and learn about participating LGBT organizations, gain personal insight into ALL THE WAY from the creative team and cast members, and mingle with the actors and other OUT attendees after the performance.
Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30pm
Pre-show cocktail reception and a post-show discussion held on the Mezzanine
IllumiNation is Asolo Rep’s new series of performances and events promoting cross-cultural conversations in the community. IllumiNation evenings begin with a cocktail hour at 6:30pm, continue with that evening’s performance at 7:30pm and conclude with a moderated panel discussion where audience members can further explore the topical and social issues that they have just seen played out on stage.
Inside Asolo Rep: ALL THE WAY & Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Get rare insights into the artistic process, hear directly from the people responsible for producing ALL THE WAY and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and engage in stimulating discussion inspired by the plays’ themes and issues.
One hour prior to every performance of ALL THE WAY
Arrive one hour before curtain to hear the ideas and inspirations that contributed to the making of ALL THE WAY.
Join us for an intimate post-show discussion with featured actors or guests following every Tuesday performance of ALL THE WAY.
Meet the Actors
Immediately following the 2pm matinee, ask questions and learn more from members of the cast at this intimate discussion.
New this Season: Start times for Wednesday & Thursday performances will be moved one-half hour earlier to 1:30pm and 7:30pm. All preview performances will begin at 8pm.
Tickets for ALL THE WAY and the entire 2015-2016 Asolo Repertory Theatre season are on sale now. Tickets for ALL THE WAY start at $24. To purchase tickets, call 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388, visit www.asolorep.org, or visit the Asolo Repertory Theatre Box Office, located in the lobby of the theatre. Asolo Repertory Theatre is located at 5555 North Tamiami Trail in the Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts. The box office is currently open Monday 10am – 4pm, Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday 10am – 8pm, and Sunday 10am – 2pm. The box office closes at 5pm when there are no evening performances and phone lines close one hour prior to the start of any performance. Season subscription packages are also available online and by visiting or calling the box office.
Asolo Rep is able to present ALL THE WAY because of the generosity of its sponsors. Corporate sponsors for ALL THE WAY are Plumbing Today, ABC 7, Innovative Dining, and SRQ Media. Asolo Rep 2015-2016 Major Season Sponsors are Florida State University, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Designing Women Boutique, Woman’s Exchange, Inc., and Sunset Cadillac of Bradenton. Asolo Rep’s artistic programs are paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues. Asolo Rep is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.